This may be the most instantly and universally despised first-round pick in Chiefs history, and that’s saying something. Even players that eventually turned into busts were given more of a chance by fans and media than what we saw in the minutes following Poe’s selection.But here’s the thing: I don’t really know. You don’t really know. Nobody does.
“What they do kind of fits me,” he said. “They’ll probably have me at one position, which is a great thing so I can now focus without doing so many thing. It sounds good to me. I’m eager to get started.”The Chiefs’ starting nose tackle last season, Kelly Gregg, is unsigned and an unrestricted free agent. Their only other nose tackles are Jerrell Powe, a sixth-round pick last year who played in just a handful of plays as a rookie, and journeyman Amon Gordon.
“We felt like if we could get a nose tackle out of the draft that we liked, we felt it would improve the team,” Crennel said. “We felt it would improve the competition.”
“This is not a risky player in a sense that I know, and we know, we have a football player who will come in and do a great job.”Pioli, who has a reputation for being risk-averse, wound up gambling on the considerable upside of Poe rather than take defensive tackles Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State or Michael Brockers of LSU, who put up more impressive numbers in college and were still available when Kansas City went on the clock.
“I see the workout numbers, and I found myself wanting and waiting and wishing and hoping is what I keep saying. Every single play I watched from Memphis just hoping that he would make a big play. He will disrupt and he’ll be involved in some plays, but for a guy that you’re talking about potential top 10, top 12 pick, I just didn’t see the production, and I just didn’t see a guy who understands and has a great feel for the game, and that’s not to say he won’t develop, and he very well may, and one day he may be a junior Haloti Ngata. But Haloti Ngata coming out was a much better football player than Dontari Poe is right now, and that scares me, and that’s why I’ve dropped him to where he is as the third best defensive tackle, somewhere in kind of the middle range … I’ve got him at 19 overall in the class.”
Kansas City’s general manager Scott Pioli is thought to be risk-averse, but he made one of the bigger rolls of the dice Thursday night when his Chiefs made Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe their first-round pick at No. 11. Poe is massively gifted from an athletic standpoint, but his game film was less than inspiring in 2011.
“Certainly on Friday — second, third round, I think, is very realistic,” Cousins said Wednesday during a radio interview on “The Huge Show.” “Again, if I were to somehow fall to Saturday, I’m going to keep an open mind and be excited whenever I get picked and not be disappointed. I would expect to go somewhere on Friday and hopefully closer to the start on Friday than the end.”Since MSU’s pro day March 14, Cousins made visits to Buffalo, Philadelphia and Denver and worked out for Kansas City and Philadelphia. Cousins, who had dinner with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin the day before pro day, said he felt the best after his time with the Eagles.